Originally posted by Mex49:
Originally posted by Crazy4Niners:
Originally posted by linkboy:
That was the biggest mistake we made with Smith, why repeat it.
Let Davis be the 3rd string QB and learn the game at his pace.
Starting Davis in preseason week 4--after the Smith/Hill competition is over--wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
But yeah, no regular season action because that would be repeating the mistake that was made with Smith.
The only mistake made with Smith was playing him when he was hurt with a broken shoulder(never mind he said he was good to go) - 2 years AFTER he started his first game. He is still the only 49er QB to take every single snap during a season. How the hell is that a bad thing for a young QB in the learning proccess?
You're referring to Smith's second
season. Did you see his first
season? The 21 year old who played in a spread offense in college started for what was basically an expansion team in the pros.
But at least he gained experience, right?
Nope. That rookie "learning process" was all for NOTHING as he had to learn a different system next year anyway.
Furthermore, Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells always avoided playing rookie quarterbacks whenever possible. They did so in order to develop the quarterback. Walsh took his time with Joe Montana and Steve Young, while Parcells explicitly stated that he doesn't put in young quarterbacks because they will be "ruined."
So for Nate Davis, there's no need
to start him in the regular season when we have at least
two guys ahead of him who could manage the offense well. (If you don't believe in Smith, fine: Huard's track record shows he would do a solid job as well.) So if you have an option to keep Davis on the bench this season to learn while veterans manage the team--and we do--then keep Davis on the bench!
Lastly, I said start Davis in preseason week 4; if we don't start him in the regular season, we will still need information on him in order to know our QB situation for 2010. One good half against second/third stringers in preseason (the Raiders game) does not by any stretch of the imagination mean he is ready to start the season.
PS: As for Smith's shoulder injury, tough players like Smith will always say they're good to go. But the fact is the team doctors shouldn't have cleared him to play in the first place.
[ Edited by Crazy4Niners on Aug 24, 2009 at 1:22 AM ]